I was inspired to build a star ceiling after seeing many people post DIY articles online. I knew it would be a fun treat for my newborn son, but I wanted to kick it up a notch.
I wanted to find a way to make the ceiling fun and artistic for both nighttime and daytime!
I was able to paint some drywall panels with a blue sky and clouds, and then install fiber optic lighting to create a starry sky effect when the room lights went out.
Paint • Screws • Drywall • Moulding • Nail gun • Chop saw • Led light source • Fiber optic cable • 2x3
The whole room.
2x3 framing for the panels. French cleats are in the center to prevent bowing when the panel is hung.
Painted panels in the painter's shop. (I hired a painter)
The 16 watt LED lighting source.
The spool (300 feet) of fiber optic cable. Mine was only 7 strands inside the jacket. I cut it down into 10 foot lengths for installation.
Running the lengths to their breakout points.
A breakout of 7 strands. I used a 16 gauge nail from a nail gun to tap trough the drywall to create the holes for the strands. Simple white glue and blue tape held them in place.
The lighting unit was spliced into the ceiling light power and the panels were installed. Moulding was applied over the seams to give it a finished look.